[JURIST] The Indonesian Supreme Court on Monday rejected last-minute appeals filed by relatives of the three men sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder], with a judge saying the men had exhausted their rights of appeal. Lawyers for the three convicted members of the southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] filed the new appeal [BBC report] early Monday, arguing that they were never informed that the Supreme Court had rejected one of their numerous previous appeals. The execution of the three is expected at any time. AP has more.
Last month, Indonesia's Constitutional Court rejected [JURIST report] a request by Mukhlas, Imam Smudra, and Amrozi Nurhasyim [BBC profiles] that their execution be carried out by beheading rather than firing squad. The court ruled that any difference between the methods were immaterial. In August, Indonesia's attorney general postponed the execution [JURIST report] of the three men during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, saying the legal challenge alone was insufficient to stay the sentences. A lawyer for the men had promised to bring their constitutional challenge after the Indonesian Supreme Court rejected the third appeal [JURIST reports] in July. Their first appeal had been rejected late last year, prompting an unusual second appeal, which was later withdrawn [JURIST reports]. Indonesia's attorney general said [JURIST report] in October that he expected the execution to be held in early November.